M & S Community Energy installed Solar Panels on the following 8 Host Buildings:
Opened in 2015, this 80,000 sq ft store in the Banbury Gateway Shopping Park is a recent addition to the M&S network. As an active participant in the local community it supports the Banbury Food for Charities, distributing surplus food, while throughout 2017 it is raising funds for the local Katherine House Hospice. As part of this programme we have installed 192 panels generating up to 50kW of electricity.
When it opened in August 2012, M&S Cheshire Oaks was our multiple award-winning sustainable store. It’s designed to be the most carbon efficient, with an architectural and design strategy that addresses several areas of sustainability at once. The store has established close links to the community and distributes surplus food to the Community Café at Trinity Church Ellesmere Port and has been working with the Debt Advice Network on their Helping Hands Project over the last year. Through the Society, the store received 192 panels, furthering its already exceptional sustainability credentials.
Based in the Brookfield Retail Park in Cheshunt. the staff at this store have been working hard over the past year supporting local charity Essex & Herts Air Ambulance and previously Isabel Hospice. They have successfully secured food surplus distribution with Broxbourne Foodbank, helping to achieve the M&S Plan A waste objectives. Through the Society the store is home to our second largest number of panels with a 600 solar pv array.
Located in sunny West Cornwall, this store offers the ideal location to install solar panels on the roof. Active locally, for 2016 the staff at Hayle are fundraising for Children's Hospice South West - providing hospice care for children with life-limiting conditions, as well as donating surplus food to Roskear House Health and Wellbeing Project. They generate further income for their local community with our largest installation of 860 panels.
Our Hempstead Valley store in Kent has 432 solar panels on its roof as part of the M&S Energy Society initiative. It is hoped over 112kW of renewable electricity will also generate funding for local projects, to complement its work for local charity, Demelza Hospice Care for Children.
This is one of the biggest Marks & Spencer stores in the West Midlands, spanning 150,000 square feet, and is a new addition to the M&S network that opened in late 2015. It is already involved with the local community through its support for the Birmingham Homeless Outreach. It is a high performing energy saving store that comes complete with green wall and rainwater harvesting. The 192 solar PV panel installation in 2016 was a welcome addition.
The staff in our Torbay store in Devon, located in the Willows Retail Park, are keen supporters of the local community. Their charity of the year is the Animals in Distress and they also distribute surplus food across the Teignbridge area through the local H.I.T.S Food Bank. They are now home to our third largest installation for the Society, with 384 solar panels.
Based in Central Truro, Truro Lemon Quay store is also a Healthy High Street Store and part of Business in the Community. The store staff are very active members in the community and Shelterbox Trust is their Charity of the year, whilst food re-distribution has been arranged through Truro Foodbank. The store has a 99kW installation of 384 panels.